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New Pre-Action Protocol for Debt Claims in force from 1 October 2017. Are you ready?

by DLA Piper on

After a lengthy consultation period, the Pre-Action Protocol for Debt Claims (PAPDC) has now been finalised and will come into force on 1 October 2017. This protocol will apply to lenders who are seeking payment of a debt...more

Special Purpose Vehicles’ Authority to File for Bankruptcy Revisited

by Dechert LLP on

In order to file for bankruptcy in the United States, a company needs to secure the appropriate corporate authorizations as required by its governing documents. What happens when a debtor does not obtain appropriate...more

First Circuit Rules that Bankruptcy Court “Retention of Jurisdiction” Provisions Not Enough to Establish Jurisdiction

It is very common for bankruptcy court orders to provide that the court retains jurisdiction to enforce such orders. Similarly, chapter 11 confirmation orders routinely provide that the bankruptcy court retains jurisdiction...more

Preference Actions Filed In Draw Another Circle Bankruptcy

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On June 15, 2017, Curtis R. Smith, as Liquidating Trustee of the Hastings Creditors’ Liquidating Trust, filed approximately 69 complaints seeking the avoidance and recovery of allegedly preferential and/or fraudulent...more

The Original Soupman, Inc. Files For Chapter 11 Protection In Delaware

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On June 13, 2017, The Original Soupman, Inc. and its affiliates (collectively “Debtors” or “Original Soupman”) commenced voluntary bankruptcy proceedings under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code. According to its petition,...more

Six Degrees Of Separation: Use Of Bankruptcy Rule 2004 Examination In Connection With Third-Party Litigation

by Cole Schotz on

Court: “You know, every piece of information and fact out there is within six degrees of separation of the debtors’ assets and financial affairs. The question is where do you draw the line?”...more

District Of Delaware Ruling Reminds Parties Of The Danger Of Narrow Arbitration Provisions

by McCarter & English, LLP on

In a May 16, 2017 ruling, the United States District Court for the District of Delaware affirmed the order of the bankruptcy court denying a party’s motion to compel arbitration. In doing so, the District Court adhered to...more

Secured creditors beware

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

A series of cases decided by the federal district court in Chicago holds that a properly perfected secured creditor can waive its right of priority in collateral in favor of a judgment lien creditor if it fails to properly...more

Tidewater, Inc. Bankruptcy Update – Utilities Motion

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On May 17th, Tidewater, Inc. and its affiliated debtors (“Tidewater” or “Debtors”) filed for chapter 11 protection in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. On the same day, the Court entered an...more

Foreign Representative Had "Independent" Standing to Prosecute State Law Avoidance Claims in Chapter 15

by Jones Day on

If a foreign debtor is eligible to file for bankruptcy protection in the U.S., the debtor's foreign representative (e.g., a liquidator or administrator) may, under certain circumstances, have the power to avoid and recover...more

Group Insolvency Proceedings Under the Revised EU Insolvency Regulation

by Jones Day on

Restructuring an international group of companies in Europe continues to be challenging. While companies can transact business freely across European borders, coordination between the stakeholders involved in a cross-border...more

A Tale of Caution: What Happens When A Bank Fails To Respond to Collection Efforts?

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

Whenever a creditor obtains a judgment, the first avenue to attempt collection usually leads to a bank with the service of either a citation to discover assets or a non-wage garnishment. Sometimes banks have assets belonging...more

Client Alert: Chapter 15: A Sword and A Shield

THE RULING: CHAPTER 15 DEBTORS CAN ASSERT AVOIDANCE ACTIONS UNDER STATE LAW - On March 23, 2017, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida, Miami Division, ruled that a foreign debtor could...more

What NC Community Associations Need to Know about Fair Debt Collection

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Nearly all Community Associations ("Associations") must cope with owners who fail or refuse to pay their periodic assessments (also known as "Dues"). When this happens, the Association, typically acting through its property...more

Sixth Circuit Rejects Per Se Rule Automatically Mooting Sale Appeals in the Absence of a Stay

by Jones Day on

Debtors beware: The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has recently expanded the ability of parties to appeal a bankruptcy court's approval of a sale of assets notwithstanding the statutory mootness rule set forth in section...more

PennySaver – Preference Actions Filed

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On May 23, 2017, Don A. Beskrone, the chapter 7 trustee for the estate of PennySaver USA Publishing, LLC filed preference actions against 46 defendants. PennySaver was an iconic company that specialized in the production,...more

From the Top: U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Case on Scope of Section 546(e)'s Safe Harbor

by Jones Day on

On May 1, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear Merit Management Group v. FTI Consulting, No. 16-784, on appeal from the U.S. Court of Appeals from the Seventh Circuit. See FTI Consulting, Inc. v. Merit Management...more

Kiwi Defense Doesn't Get Off the Ground in Preference Litigation Involving Related, but Severable, Contracts

by Jones Day on

Among the required elements of a claim to avoid a preferential transfer under section 547(b) of the Bankruptcy Code is that, if the creditor-transferee were permitted to retain a pre-bankruptcy payment, it would end up being...more

A Bridge Over Troubled Water: Singapore’s New Restructuring & Insolvency Framework Is Being Introduced When It Is Most Needed

by K&L Gates LLP on

Further to K&L Gates’ Singapore Restructuring and Insolvency Alert dated 5 December 2016, Singapore’s revised restructuring and insolvency legislation has come into effect. The amendments to the Companies Act, summarised in...more

Section 1111(b) Election Not Available When Collateral Is Sold Post Petition

by Dechert LLP on

The facts in Salamon are straightforward. Salamon (“Buyer”) purchased real property from Behrend (“Seller”) that was already subject to two liens (the “Preexisting Debt”). Instead of paying cash at closing, the Buyer executed...more

Liability Coverage Policies: Property of the Estate to Which the Automatic Stay Applies

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

When a chapter 7, 11, 12 or 13 case is filed, two key items spring into life. The first is a new entity called the bankruptcy estate which is comprised of all of the debtor’s non-exempt legal or equitable interests in...more

Delaware Bankruptcy Court Denies Creditors’ Committee Access To Privileged Documents

by McCarter & English, LLP on

In a May 8, 2017 ruling, the Delaware Bankruptcy Court denied the official committee of unsecured creditors from accessing certain documents withheld from production based on the attorney-client privilege. Despite the purpose...more

Insolvency Law Reform in Germany

by Reed Smith on

The recent reform of insolvency law regarding challenges against creditors (based on the creditor’s presumed intent to agree to prejudice creditors) is the legislative response to the increasing amount of criticism in the...more

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Holds Properly Perfected Assignment of Rents Not Property of Bankruptcy Estate

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In a significant ruling impacting commercial real estate lenders in Michigan, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that an absolute assignment of rents that had been fully perfected (by demanding payment from tenants to...more

ERISA Benefits and a Claimant’s Bankruptcy: When Judicial Estoppel Requires Dismissal of Lawsuits Seeking Long Term Disability...

Don’t forget that... judicial estoppel can require dismissal of a claimant’s suit for ERISA-governed long term disability (LTD) benefits if the claimant failed to list the “potential cause of action” in bankruptcy filings....more

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